Helpful Blog Posts and Articles About Pest Control
How to Defend Your Kitchen From Ants This Spring February 21st, 2022
Ants are scavengers, and there is no better place to search for unattended household scraps than in the kitchen. As long as there is a source, the ants will continue to return. The warm temperatures of springtime are the perfect conditions for ants to explore to feed or house their colonies. Simultaneously, spring rain will force the ants inside, and they congregate where they can find food.
What can you do?
Here are a few quick tips to repel ants and discourage them from invading your kitchen this spring:
- Clean up all crumbs after every meal. Wipe down your counters and tables with warm soapy water for the best results at removing all food residue. Ensure that no crumbs are sitting out on the surface or hiding in crevices or corners.
- Dry your counters, sinks, and floors thoroughly. Ants are very attracted to standing water. Puddles can build up after cleaning the counters, doing the dishes, uncleaned spills, or using the sink.
- Take the trash out quickly after throwing out odorous food. Remember, ants love sugary treats!
- Store food in baggies and airtight containers. Do not leave any food uncovered.
- Sweep the floor thoroughly and often.
Finding the Ant Colony
If ants are continuing to make appearances even after you have taken all of these steps, you may have a colony in or near your home. Finding these colonies can be challenging if there is not an obvious trail of ants to follow. Envirocare can assist you in eliminating the colony promptly. We deal with the most common ant species in Ohio and will work with you to determine a plan that works for you and your situation.
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How To (Naturally) Get Rid Of Fleas December 2nd, 2021
Getting rid of fleas in your home can be a difficult chore. If you are experiencing a flea infestation, you probably know that fleas in your home are no fun to deal with. A flea removal program in Columbus, OH might sound like the best way to get rid of them.
Fleas most commonly show up on dogs and cats and often show up as bites on their legs. If your pets are scratching, many ask how to get rid of fleas without the use of harmful and smelly chemicals. Below, we are showing you how to naturally get rid of fleas in your home.
Stopping the egg-laying cycle
Adult fleas feed on your pets’ blood, leaving flea feces that contain the partially digested blood meals, which is when they mate. It takes around 48 hours for the female fleas to start laying eggs, and there are around 27 eggs per female per day. The process takes approximately 10 days, after which the young fleas immediately jump onto a host animal.
One of the best ways to stop a flea infestation is by stopping the larvae from developing into a fully-fledged egg-laying adult. Female fleas rely on blood meals in order to lay eggs and without that, they will die. Using an Insect Growth Regulator designed for fleas will eventually destroy this process, and is the best way to fight the problem at its root.
Using your vacuum can help you stop a flea infestation, but only when done in line with a professional flea control program in Columbus. Upright vacuum cleaners are seen as most effective in the flea control battle. Their brushes agitate the carpet fibers, where the fleas, flea eggs, flea pupae, and flea larvae all exist. The vibrations of the rotating brushes also encourage maturing fleas to hatch from their pupae, after which they will eventually be taken to the holding tank of the vacuum cleaner.
Using an upright vacuum cleaner for flea control is easy. All you need to do is pay attention to the areas that are undisturbed for periods of time when dust and debris gather in your home, as well as your furniture, chairs, beds where your pets sleep, and so on.
Having a flea problem? Our experts are here for you
If you are experiencing a flea problem, you should do more than prepare your vacuum cleaner for action. At MyEnvirocare, we are experienced in helping homeowners with their flea infestation and guarantee a complete flea removal. Contact us today at (614) 586-2847 to schedule an appointment!
Three Main Benefits Of Organic Pest Control November 13th, 2021
Organic pest control solutions are not only popular but also one of the best ways to make sure that there are no pests and no harmful chemicals in your home or business. Besides the obvious benefit that organic pest control solutions are better for the environment and lack the harmful effects found in chemical pesticides, there are three additional benefits we’d love to highlight.
Looking for more reasons to choose our green pest control solutions? Read below.
1. Better long-term results
Organic pest control solutions in Columbus are effective for a longer period of time compared to chemical pesticides. If you have dealt with chemicals before, you probably know that you need to apply once, apply again after a month, and so on and so on. With organic pesticide applications, you won’t damage your overall lawn, garden, and home, and make it a safe place for your family and pets. The results are healthier and more effective over time.
2. Your pests won’t resist them
Pests can resist chemical sprays and pesticides, which is why they lose their effectiveness over time and require additional applications. This comes down to nature and the passing on many traits: species that are not killed by pesticides are more resistant to them in the future. Over time, pests will eventually be resistant to more chemicals. With organic treatments, however, the methods are biologically based (rather than artificially manufactured) which is why pests are less likely to develop certain resistance.
3. Backed by science
Lastly, organic pesticides are safer and eco-friendly – they are backed by science and manufactured based on natural substances. An organic pest control company in Columbus needs to know the scientific makeup of both pests and pesticides in order to repel them. There is a science and strategy to their methods – and no “spray it and pray that it works” techniques.
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Do Not Be Scared Of The Mayfly July 10th, 2016
You probably have seen Mayfly along Lakes and streams in and around Columbus Ohio
What do you normally do when you see them?
Do you really know much about Mayflies?
Mayfly is a harmless insect that do not bite. They have about a two-year life span, most of which is spent in the sediment at the bottom of water. The larvae swim ashore, and shed their outer layer and sprout wings and a long tail, much like a caterpillar sheds its cocoon and becomes a butterfly. “The mayfly larva metamorphosis into a flying insect, and that stage is an adult insect. That’s what we are seeing now, In their adult stage, they have no mouth and live for about 24 hours.
So let’s not ruin their Short life by smashing or using toxic chemicals!
The pests are a primary food source for all kinds of fish like walleye, perch, bass and even birds eat them as well.
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Bed Bugs Favorite Hiding Spot! Can You Guess? June 16th, 2016
In the BED of course!
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The Amazing Engineering Spider March 16th, 2016
Most of us shriek when we see or walk into spider web.
Before you destroy a web think about engineering and silk of which it is made.
Spiders can make up to seven different kinds of silk.
Silk turns from liquid to solid when it hits the air.
Silk has a tensile strength stronger than steel at the same density.
Silk has inspired fibers like Kevlar used in bullet proof vests.
Silk has biomedical applications like silk scaffolding for nerve regeneration and super fine medical sutures.
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Ready for Summer Travel? Tips on how to not to bring bed bugs home? March 16th, 2016
Traveling has encouraged bed bugs to spread globally.
Bed bugs are best hitchhikers attaching to our bags and clothes.
Columbus, Ohio is ranked 7th worst infected Bed Bug city in the country.
We have to prevent bed bugs from coming into our home! Following simple check lists when you are traveling can help reduce your risks.
- Place your luggage in the bath tub after check into your room
- Pull sheets off the bed and start checking for blood spots on the mattress and signs of bed bug along the seams
- Check for bed bugs and eggs on head board and behind of bed frame
Check all upholstery including wood furniture’s crack and seams
- Change your hotel room immediately if you see any sign of bed bugs
When you arrive home and have any concerns:
- Take off your clothes and place them in a plastic bag on a hard surface like wood before you step into your home after traveling
- Empty your luggage and place clothes in a plastic bag
- Vacuum luggage and floor where you changed
- Take a hot shower and wash clothes from a plastic bag at hottest temperature
- Wash all your personnel things in hot soapy water
Sticking to these tips will help save your family from a big headache. If you think you have an issue please call a professional like EnviroCare Pest Solutions
What’s Really Going On With The Kissing Bug? December 17th, 2015
Triatomine bug also known to us as the kissing bug has been all over news lately.
What is the truth behind their deadly bites?
Kissing bug is nocturnal and about an inch long and feeds on mammal’s blood.
They specially like to bite around lips and faces of people.
Bites are deadly only if it is infected with the parasite trypanosoma cruzi defecate and the fecal matter infects the bite. This infection is called Chagas disease.
According to Sarah Hamer who is assistant professor of epidemiology at Texas A&M’s veterinary and biomedical school:
“It’s great we are heightening our awareness but we don’t need to be terribly scared.”
She also says that it is rare for kissing bugs to feed on people. The studies have also found that there is only about one case Chagas for every 900-4,000 contacts with infected kissing bugs.
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Columbus Ohio Heroes Cant Hide From Bugs December 2nd, 2015
There is always surprises around every corner that our heroes cant even hide. Bed Bugs are still an issues throughout the City Of Columbus. We are luckily enough to be able to help people everyday get their homes back!
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Allergies in Columbus Are So Annoying! May 21st, 2015
Are you sneezing with runny and watery eye?
Do you feel like you have allergies all year long or just spring and fall?
There are more than 50 million Americans suffering from allergies today. Ashleigh Schmitz Morley gathered up 10 facts from Food Allergy Research Education, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, American Allergy Asthma and Immunology, The Mayo Clinic, Healthline, CDC.gov. One and five Americans have allergy. Ninety percent of food allergy come from cow’s milk, soy, peanuts, wheat, tree nuts, shell fish, and eggs. Two percent of American adults have doctor diagnosed food allergy. Twenty five billion dollars are spent every year in reactive food allergy care. There is at least 6 detectable allergens in half of American home. Americans spend 14.5 billion dollars on allergy every year. There is 65 percent chance parents can pass their allergies to their kids. Three percent of adults have life threatening allergic reaction to insect sting. Allergy rank 5th in USA among chronic diseases. Eighty percent of allergy is respiratory.
It's not Halloween but Ghost Ants are Real! April 16th, 2015
Ghost ants are usually found in potted plants, planter beds, wall voids. However, ghost ants are also found boxes near and within greenhouse and tropical exhibits. Ghost ants are practically invisible, it just appears that way because of transparent legs and abdomen. Ghost ants were originally found in Africa and Asia but now they are worldwide pest. They are common pest in greenhouses and zoos. Their colonies have multiple queens and luckily ghost ants do not bite us like other well known ants.
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Spring Pest Control Check list for Columbus Residents March 12th, 2015
All residents of Columbus, Ohio should keep in mind the following as they begin their spring cleaning routine.
-While cleaning along the windows and door you should look at entry points and seals where Ants may enter.
-As you clean the pantry out, all Dried food should be stored in airtight container.
-Take visual inspections of rafters, roofline, vents, attic, basement, deck and outbuilding for any concerns structally that may cause problems to your home.
-Remember to cut shrubs and tree branches away from house, these can be used as a highway into your home.
-Eliminate all the standing water around your house. They can be a breeding ground for bugs.
-Keep your basement dried, check out that sump pump and make sure its in proper working order.
Hope this spring is pest free so everyone can get outside and enjoy the weather!
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